Children, Youth and Families

Melanie Ihmels is First Met's supply Children and Youth Minister.

                                            Melanie Ihmels

Melanie is a candidate for Diaconal Ministry and a local Victorian who is enthusiastic, outgoing and passionate about ministry in the downtown area and at First Met. Melanie has volunteered and worked in a number of United Church congregations in Victoria.

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Vision Statement

Mission: to teach and nourish God’s transformative love in an inclusive spiritual community.


1/ to share stories of Jesus and the Bible to enable children/youth to develop a spiritual framework for life

2/ to involve and encourage all in worship, outreach, and community engagement

3/ to give and teach tools to our children and youth, core beliefs, and practices of the United Church 

Our Youth Group is moving!! We will now be meeting the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the month from 7 to 9 p.m.

Theme for January: Gifts of the Spirit  Children will be learning about the gifts God gives each of us, participating in a Spiritual Gifts Inventory, and discovering that love is the base we use our gifts from. 

Sunday, Jan 13

Scripture Connect: Corinthians 12:1-11

Rm 113 A & B – Children’s Church

Tower Room Youth

Sunday, Jan 20

Scripture Connect: Luke 5: 21-22

Rm 113 A & B – Children’s Church

Wednesday, Jan 23 Youth Group

7 – 9 pm

Youth Tower Room

Sunday, Jan 27 The Great Reveal: Spiritual Gift Survey

Scripture Connect: Luke 4: 14-21

Rm 113 A & B – Children’s Church

Sunday, Feb 3

Scripture Connect: Luke 4: 18-19

Rm 113 A & B – Children’s Church

Wednesday, Feb 13 Youth Group

7 – 9 pm

Youth Tower Room

 At First Met we believe that children and youth are part of the body of Christ - a community in which all members are valued and contribute to the whole.

We offer a wide range of youth-focused worship events, Sunday School classes, youth groups and programs for children and parents, youth and young adults, including leadership development opportunities.

Children and youth are involved in our services every Sunday but play a special role on some special Sundays during the year.

  • Rally Sunday: Sunday School starts the second Sunday of September
  • Children's Sunday: closest Sunday to November 20, the UN Children's Day
  • White Gift Sunday: the first or second Sunday in December
  • Christmas Eve Family Service: December 24 at 4:30 p.m.
  • Lenten Project Dedication Sunday: one week after Easter
  • Great Parade: the first Sunday in June
Children and youth are also involved in special Sundays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Easter, Christian Family Sunday (Mother's Day).
See what's going on with CYYAF Activities.